India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Kanpur, 3rd day November 26, 2009

Sree lets the ball do the talking

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On the third day in Kanpur, Sreesanth didn't need the verbals; the ball did the talking for him
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Sreesanth covered his face as soon as the ball flashed from Mahela Jayawardene's outside edge and past the narrow alley between MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar at first slip. It was probably the ball of the day: it was the first ball Jayawardene was facing and, perhaps sensing his vulnerability, Sreesanth pitched it fuller and shaped it away just enough to prompt Jayawardene to play at it. Where once Sreesanth might have walked up to the batsman and indulged in a bit of verbal, today he walked back quietly with a faint smile.

Today, Sreesanth didn't need the verbals; the ball did the talking for him. Such was his allure that each time he ran in Green Park buzzed with expectation. And when he had finished his job and led his team off the pitch, it was incredible to think he was coming into this Test without any international cricket for the past 19 months and without much match experience of any sort.

Yet, as he later said, he was "hungry to take the "new ball". The aim was not to go full throttle straightaway, though he did hit Tharanga Paranavitana's helmet with an accurate bouncer. On a docile pitch Sreesanth understood that trying to hit express pace would be futile; the focus was on hitting that length from where he could make the batsmen play and vary pace.

"This was a wicket where the faster you bowl the easier it is to bat. It was important to make him (batsman) play early and make him play late and it was a mixture of lots [of deliveries]," Sreesanth said while explaining his strategy.

He then started shaping the ball both ways, sowing the seeds of doubt in the Lankan minds. The first over was a maiden to Paranavitana, who was clearly edgy and eventually nicked an outswinger to Dhoni. Then came Mahela who, though lucky to escape off that first delivery, found Sreesanth pounding in relentlessly, banging the ball unerringly on the same spot.

Against Sangakkara, Sreesanth used the crease to produce his angle. He came round the wicket and bowled a slower ball that the Lankan captain picked smartly but had him next ball. It was a straighter one, fuller and wide on off stump and, though apparently harmless, Sangakkara dragged it on to his stumps. Thilan Samaraweera fell in the same fashion after being pegged down by Sreesanth's movement early on.

Sreesanth returned halfway into the second session when the two Jayawardenes - Mahela and Prasanna - were attempting to retrieve the situation. The ball was old and with his pace Sreesanth had the advantage of extracting reverse swing. Continuing to attack the off stump Sreesanth speared a toe crusher into Prasanna. The Lankan got his bat down in the nick of time but the crowd roared as the Indians appealed anyway. The next ball, though, Sreesanth pitched on the seam, cut the ball out and the batsman went fishing. This time contact with the bat was debatable but the decision went the bowler's way.

Fast-bowling greats like Allan Donald have always cited Sreesanth's example to youngsters, particularly pointing to his erect wrist position at the point of release as exemplary. The energy, the ability to swing at 140-plus speeds, and that priceless quality of pitching ball after ball on the same spot make Sreesanth a terrific package.

He would soon bend Ranganna Herath's off stump with another straightening delivery to bag his second five-for - roughly three years after his first, during India's brilliant victory in Johannesburg in 2006.

Perhaps that performance became Sreesanth's albatross, increasing public expectations and, indeed, those in his own mind. He was 24, relatively green, and wanting to get a wicket every ball. The next three years were up and down, with lots of plateau thrown in, and a 19-month spell on the sidelines.

He now seems to have turned full circle. Sreesanth's fast bowling skills have never been in question: fast-bowling greats like Allan Donald have always cited his example to youngsters, particularly pointing to his erect wrist position at the point of release as exemplary. The energy, the ability to swing at 140-plus speeds, and that priceless quality of pitching ball after ball on the same spot make Sreesanth a terrific package.

The doubts that have persisted have always been about his temperament. He was always vulnerable to adrenalin and bravado, a heady mix that has frustrated and irritated the team management, co-players and selectors.

Though he spent a month at Warwickshire and then the season-opening Irani Cup, no one, perhaps not even the man himself, knew whether he was ready for the return. He was fined during the Irani Cup game for abusing an opponent and received a stiff warning from the BCCI against breaching the code of conduct. And it's fair to say his selection for the first two Tests did not evoke universal approval.

Remarkably amidst such chaos Sreesanth maintained his calm. All through the last two weeks he has been restrained, doing his job, head down in a silent manner. In training session teammates have consciously left him alone, while praising him silently as he bowled at good speeds, beating the bat consistently.

He's been quiet since his comeback. And today, he let the ball do the talking.

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  • Alexk400 on November 27, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Sree is a good bowler when he do not have antics. But you can't separate antics from sreesanth. he will continue to his attention seeking antics once his place in the team is secure.

    For me i do not care about antics as long as he takes 5 -10 wickets each game. We can't have his antics when he leak runs and take only few wickets. Too much maintenance.

    Indian bowlers are weak because of two things , They lack stamina and strength. Diet and weight lifting. Until there is culture develops into weight lifting , india can't produce out and out fast bowler. Indian fast bowler bowl well until he gets into the team then he declines from there onwards. It is pattern that is well chronicled.

    it is easy to take wicket when the pressure was in opposition. India lost because mainly because of bad captaincy of sangakkara as he let indians score too many singles and can't apply pressure. May be srilanka need real fast bowlers. Without that they can't win overseas.

  • reji143 on November 27, 2009, 6:37 GMT

    CONGRATZ SREE for your splendid cme bck...wish u all the best...keep the energy level...

  • beindian on November 27, 2009, 6:24 GMT

    nice to see sree is playing like this. his ball speaks everything for him

  • KSridhar on November 27, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    Good thinking by Sree. This turn around is good for him and his game as well. Keeping cool will let him think positively to produce good bowling spells. Good luck!

  • Santhosh3186 on November 27, 2009, 4:55 GMT

    @all who spoke bad of sreesanth earlier, take a bow. He got wickets in easy balls, and he bowled them particularly to get rid of them U gotta see the rest of the balls in those overs and before when he got the wicket, all the balls were unplayable.... Great strategy. Cool Stuff.... Way to go INDIA and Sree

  • pradeep_dealwis on November 27, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    amazing how a below-par wicket makes a below par bowler look good..... i'll be amazed when India finally makes a genuine quality test wicket

  • Percy_Fender on November 27, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    I felt very happy for Sreesanth after his fine return to top level cricket. From all accounts, he is good as far fast bowling is concerned. He has pace, a good wrist position at the point of delivery, athleticism, and subltle movement both of seam and in the air. He also has a fine yorker. Perhaps as Alan Donald's care at Warwickshire has sharpened his skills to the high levels needed in international cricket. Perhaps, Sreesanth will benefit from another observation of Donald. That is in regard to his front arm at the delivery stride. Donald is sure that Sreesanth can get lethal late swing if he were to overcome that minor glitch.I only wish that his succes on comeback motivates him to becoming a perfect fast medium bowler like Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev. He has it in him and can be there unless he returns to his silly and errant self.

  • AHappyMind on November 27, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    Its great to see people make an effort and change to become better human beings. You shouldn't judge people by what they did in the past because people can change. I just hope he can maintain this against the Australians etc. Indians and Sri Lankans normally get along very well so he wouldn't have been aggressive anyway..

  • IndianCricLover on November 27, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    Its nice to see Sree back in the team with a bang. Augurs well for Indian cricket.

    I would also like to see India play more tests. Its more thrilling than slam-bang T20.

  • zak123kaif on November 27, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    Sreesanth was always a good bowler.I don't think there was doubt about his talent, it was just the case of his temparament.Now with no any verbal duel by him all we can hope him to be one of the best fast bowlers of world.Good luck

  • Alexk400 on November 27, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Sree is a good bowler when he do not have antics. But you can't separate antics from sreesanth. he will continue to his attention seeking antics once his place in the team is secure.

    For me i do not care about antics as long as he takes 5 -10 wickets each game. We can't have his antics when he leak runs and take only few wickets. Too much maintenance.

    Indian bowlers are weak because of two things , They lack stamina and strength. Diet and weight lifting. Until there is culture develops into weight lifting , india can't produce out and out fast bowler. Indian fast bowler bowl well until he gets into the team then he declines from there onwards. It is pattern that is well chronicled.

    it is easy to take wicket when the pressure was in opposition. India lost because mainly because of bad captaincy of sangakkara as he let indians score too many singles and can't apply pressure. May be srilanka need real fast bowlers. Without that they can't win overseas.

  • reji143 on November 27, 2009, 6:37 GMT

    CONGRATZ SREE for your splendid cme bck...wish u all the best...keep the energy level...

  • beindian on November 27, 2009, 6:24 GMT

    nice to see sree is playing like this. his ball speaks everything for him

  • KSridhar on November 27, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    Good thinking by Sree. This turn around is good for him and his game as well. Keeping cool will let him think positively to produce good bowling spells. Good luck!

  • Santhosh3186 on November 27, 2009, 4:55 GMT

    @all who spoke bad of sreesanth earlier, take a bow. He got wickets in easy balls, and he bowled them particularly to get rid of them U gotta see the rest of the balls in those overs and before when he got the wicket, all the balls were unplayable.... Great strategy. Cool Stuff.... Way to go INDIA and Sree

  • pradeep_dealwis on November 27, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    amazing how a below-par wicket makes a below par bowler look good..... i'll be amazed when India finally makes a genuine quality test wicket

  • Percy_Fender on November 27, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    I felt very happy for Sreesanth after his fine return to top level cricket. From all accounts, he is good as far fast bowling is concerned. He has pace, a good wrist position at the point of delivery, athleticism, and subltle movement both of seam and in the air. He also has a fine yorker. Perhaps as Alan Donald's care at Warwickshire has sharpened his skills to the high levels needed in international cricket. Perhaps, Sreesanth will benefit from another observation of Donald. That is in regard to his front arm at the delivery stride. Donald is sure that Sreesanth can get lethal late swing if he were to overcome that minor glitch.I only wish that his succes on comeback motivates him to becoming a perfect fast medium bowler like Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev. He has it in him and can be there unless he returns to his silly and errant self.

  • AHappyMind on November 27, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    Its great to see people make an effort and change to become better human beings. You shouldn't judge people by what they did in the past because people can change. I just hope he can maintain this against the Australians etc. Indians and Sri Lankans normally get along very well so he wouldn't have been aggressive anyway..

  • IndianCricLover on November 27, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    Its nice to see Sree back in the team with a bang. Augurs well for Indian cricket.

    I would also like to see India play more tests. Its more thrilling than slam-bang T20.

  • zak123kaif on November 27, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    Sreesanth was always a good bowler.I don't think there was doubt about his talent, it was just the case of his temparament.Now with no any verbal duel by him all we can hope him to be one of the best fast bowlers of world.Good luck

  • RNSPavan on November 27, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    Sree's always been a good bowler,the only bowler in India who can move the ball either way at will, but more than his bowling, his antics have made the news. It's great to see him with a changed attitude. Way to go Sree!

  • Alexk400 on November 27, 2009, 3:43 GMT

    When i first saw him bowl in onedayers in pakistan , i becom loyal supporter of him , i thought he has more energy than all the indian fast bowlers and wants to learn and grow and show much effervecent energy in attacking bowling.

    He could not sustain same energy level as his fitness was not good. Indian bowlers has to weight lift and add muscles in the leg , it seems like they are toning. More weight less rep is the key for fast bowlers. Stronger legs is lots of stored energy , so they can control the ball well.

    Once batsman start to hit him , he lost the plot completely and try to distract batsman and try to steal the wicket instead of bowling fair. More he mouthed off more energy wasted in mouth than bowling and he completely lost the plot.

    He has the habit of saying sorry after commit clownish behaviour and out of control antics.

    I think that is sreesanth , he can not change. He is a mentally retarded fool.

    His repeated offense and lost my trust on him.

  • Mcroos on November 27, 2009, 3:23 GMT

    Well what i saw from this guy ( sreeshanth ) he belived his talent try to do something in evey ball he's trying hard and hard and the results was fine. What Ishan sharma miss is trying ofcasue when he was fresh he tryed lot. But for me now he's not bowling as he started he lost his place and good lenght hittings. Zhaheer is doing fine with his bowling always. I know its really hard to beat Indian in India on a test match. world class batsmans upto number 7. unlucky Kumar lost the toss if srilanka won the toss probably a good match with 3 spiners going to bowl in last day. Any way wish SREESHANTH for his brave come back.

  • pcbp on November 27, 2009, 3:15 GMT

    Sreesanth's success on his comeback is heartening. My view is that apart fom being motivated for being reprimanded for his off-field antics in the past, the fact that he has been away from the jam packed schedule of Team India has worked in his favour. This is a reminder, if one is still needed, that we should seriously start rotating our players. It is well worth resting our key players by rotation so that they remain fresh and raring to go. Too much Cricket seems to be taking away the edge from the talented pool of Cricketers that we have. A case in point being Ishanth Sharma. The BCCI would do well to realise that Cricketers on their own would never opt to sit out fearing that they might not get back into the team! Only Sachin and Dhoni in the recent past have opted out of tours citing reasons other than injury.

  • humanity1 on November 27, 2009, 3:07 GMT

    Sreesanth should be really thankful to Harbajan for that slap which was delivered at a time when he was very overbearing and really getting out of hand. That, combined with the 18 months on the sidelines, seems to have delivered good dividends and have straightened him out. In spite of all the semantics and showmanship, these boys should remember that you are always judged by the bottom line: the runs a batsman makes or the wickets a bowler takes.

  • Deenesh on November 27, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Finally this guys back. India's pace attack was starting to look like the one they USED to have. Pathethic, medium, no swing, pace or bounce. Funny how the other subcontinent countries can still find energetic FAST bowlers. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, even Bang have tons. Inida's batch was becoming docile, slow and relaxed. not the team that won the T20 world cup. The other bowlers should aim to be more like seesanth in terms of energy and spirit. Hope that chap behaves himself, india's gonna need him...

  • ajee on November 27, 2009, 2:48 GMT

    Very happy to see that the ball was talking for Sree yesterday. Keep on the good work dude.. All the very best..

  • Ravishankara on November 27, 2009, 2:22 GMT

    Watching Sree produce one of the India's best fast bowling performance in South Africa, I thought Sreesanth had arrived. But his later performances were very ordinary and aimless. Hope he has learnt his lessons and price his position in the team like Kohinoor diamond.

  • Alexk400 on November 27, 2009, 2:03 GMT

    Sreesanth is an aquarius. Aquarius like to boast and seek attention and waste lots of energy of themself and others.

    He has not changed. He can't change. He can control his emotion when things get dicey.

    Once his spot is safe in the team , you will see he mouth like i won it for india , i am the only bowler who can win for india , others suck..etc..

    If any batsman attack him , he will lose cool and go back to his old self. The problem for me is this , he is unnecessarily exposing himself to attacks.

    Unwarranted boasting will invite attacks from others.

    I am 100000% sure he will start mouthing off soon once he knows he can't be replaced. That is when BCCI say enough is enough and dump him.

  • Vijay.Vijayaratnam on November 27, 2009, 1:40 GMT

    Anger Management seems to be working for him.

  • santhoshkudva on November 27, 2009, 1:39 GMT

    good on sree. what is equally heartening is the fact that this time, it is a pacer who has done the damage for india. in india. time we came out of the harbhajan/kumble comfort zone.

  • Nampally on November 27, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    It was about time that some pace bowler take wickets for India. Ishant bowled very poorly leaking away runs at 5/over and not taking wickets either. Nehra was OK but was not sustained. Patel in one match was just as bad as Ishant. RP singh leaked away runs at a higher rate than Ishant. Sresanth's form at this stage was a great relief to India. He must keep his temperament under control as he so rightly did. We need at least one more pace bowler who is accurate and can take wickets. Zaheer is getting past his best and needs a younger man to take over. Can Indian selectors focus on this job of trying to find 2 more good pace bowlers? India has good batting, good spin bowling but very poor pace bowling. It is essential to develop this at all levels of domestic cricket in India. Every country has at least 3 good pace bowlers. Why not India?

  • spinkingKK on November 26, 2009, 23:20 GMT

    I said earlier before the start of the series that I am praying for Sreesanth, just like I prayed for VVS Laxman in 2001 Australia test series. I didn't want these players to be out of the Indian side, because they are just class acts. On both occassions, my prayers are answered. Sreesanth has the potential to become the best fast bowler in the world. Keep the good work, Sree. Don't let the success spoil your urge or detractors spoil your spirit. You know you are doing a good work, keep doing it, regardless of the results. You are here to stay.

  • lucyferr on November 26, 2009, 22:27 GMT

    So he's learnt to keep his mouth shut when he's bowling well. Good. That's a start. Now let's see if he can continue to zip it when he's not taking wickets.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on November 26, 2009, 22:13 GMT

    Focus is going to the point from now on

  • vishaal_kamath on November 26, 2009, 21:32 GMT

    It was the first time I saw Sreesanth bowl in tests and he was very impressive. Should he maintain this in the next few games, we could witness the much awaited competition in India's fast bowling dept. This performance is more like a double edged sword… Sreesanth's come back as well as a wake up call for a bowler like Ishanth Sharma…. Also, I must mention that Sreesanth with his unique personality, added the extra energy which test cricket lacks at times… Good Luck Sree…

  • Parth_Pala on November 26, 2009, 21:28 GMT

    When he was selected people questions his talent even though he takes more wickets per match than any of the current Indian bowlers, others questioned his character , but at the end of the day both were wrong. If anyone saw his recent stint in Warwickshire and recent games he has had his temperament under control. I can still see certain people who clearly are just arm chair critics, I'm not surprised, this is of course the fickle Indian fan base. Bottom line well done Sreesanth. Now as far as Ishant Sharma goes, I see the same fan base detracting him is funny how opinions change full moon. Maybe a realization that every bowler goes through a lean patch yo don't lose talent overnight , although admittedly the Indian attitude does cause a loss of pace due to being constantly overworked. So stop your arm chair critiques , Ishant will be back sooner if not later.

  • KTKAndy on November 26, 2009, 20:29 GMT

    Sreesanth, I always believe in his talent and commitment to the team. He is one our finest fast bowler in many long time now. Thanks to the selection cheif Srikanth, who don't care about what people say but he spot the talent. I think having sreesanth handle new ball, i can see we are lifting the world cup 2011. Well done sree!

    Andy

  • Go_F.Alonso on November 26, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    @shiva_slogsout, I agree a lot is being made out of one performance. Talking about inside edges, sounds to me like you don't want to give credit to the bowlers. Inducing a mistake by the batsman is how a wicket is taken - whether it is misreading the line, the pace, the swing or the turn. An edge is an edge, the same effort goes into beating the batsman. If the batsman plays inside the line rather than outside, slips could possibly come into play either way bringing his demise. If its meant to be, its meant to be. I see u mentioned about it being HIS day, you're right. And yeah it does happen that deliveries way outside offstump are dragged on, call it lucky .. the game of cricket will surely even those out. Sree & India had a pretty good day btw :)

  • Haresh_Arjan_Mirchandaney on November 26, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    This was really a tremendous performance. I didn't know that Sreesanth was that good. He really mixed it up beautifully...shades of S. Abid Ali but with a bit more pace. This was a tremendous performance and I too wish that Sreesanth picks up another 4 wickets...that would be terrific. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. The Indian team has really given us a show in Kanpur that we can be thankful for :-) Haresh Mirchandaney, Newport Coast, CA

  • vakkaraju on November 26, 2009, 19:14 GMT

    One thing that's never been in doubt is Sree's ability and talent. Add to that his absolute passion for the game. You can bank on him to give his 100%. His emotional make up are a direct consequence of that. If management should be supportive he will scale great heights.

  • CRam on November 26, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    If Sreesanth can continue to do the ball do the talking for some period of time (which going by his record is wishful thinking) he will realise that he will have done himself and cricket a service, and he will have one more cricketing fan to his name.

  • CraigIndia on November 26, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    There would be mistakes in life, no body is born foolproof.The important thing is to proactively correct those mistakes and keep focussing on your job.And Sree has exactly done that though i doubt the proactiveness. But full credit to Sree for giving us a penetrating display of fast bowling from Indian line up(long after Ishant's performance against Ricky & party in Australia). At the same time, I wish he maintains his calm & coolness showed in these 2 days throughout his career. It would be really satisfying for a fan like me if he continue like this because thats what the team & fans want from you Sree. I enjoyed each and every ball that you bowled on the 3rd day.

  • ramli on November 26, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats to Sreesanth on a successful return to competetive Test cricket. He has lived up to Srikanth and Co's expectattions. It is entriely up to him now to sustain it. It is nice to hear that he has realistic expectations of his own performances in the days to come meaning: such 5-wicket hauls may not be a regular feature, but to keep helping the team to win to the best of your ability. It is also up to the team management to nurture him forgiving his shortcomings in behaviour and guide him through. Best of luck.

  • KapilVijan on November 26, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    And see how well he came back. It never seemed that this man has been out of international cricket for over 19 years. It was also great to see Harbhajan running to Sreesanth offering him a hug after every wicket; otherwise lot of us would still remember the crying face of Sreesanth after being slapped by Bhajji during IPL.

  • rahulsaxena on November 26, 2009, 18:05 GMT

    Instead of spending a lot of time trying to talk you up and then follow it by pulling you down when you perform bad, unlike others, I have just 3 words to say to my favourite Fast bowler - Welcome Back Sree :)

  • Dr.AlexKuruvila on November 26, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Well done Sree, your talents were never in question but in Green Park you have proved that you can also be the perfect gentleman while being vicious with the ball. I firmly believe that India has now found the perfect playing 11 while preparing for the World Cup in just over an year's time. India whose main strength is in its batting should try to win the World Cup by making scores that are unsurpassable by the opposition. With this factor in contention, here is my World Cup playing 11...Srikant and the rest of the selectors, are you listening? The Indian Team (the playing eleven) for World Cup 2011 Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & wicket keeper), Harbachan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S. Sreesanth and Pragyan Ojha. Try beating this team!!! GO INDIA! Alex Kuruvila, Riverside, California

  • IPL_is_Thrash on November 26, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    It was terrific to see Sreesanth on top in spinner friendly conditions, where no other fast bowler comes close. I hope he will let the ball do all talking than his tongue. He is fast bowler who will bowl a lot in conditions not suited for fast bowler and IPL too will cause him lot of injury concerns. He should be handled carefully by Team Management and Board. But they are too concerned about IPL!!

  • amitgupt2k on November 26, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Sreesanth is a fine bowler and today he could be see hugging Bhajji time and again. I am surprised by the fast bowling resources of India in comarison to other countries. Hopefully Sreesanth can tae one spot and Zaheer remains fit fr the other. Ishaant is again overhyped and still needs to grind his way into the team

  • Prakash_Jha on November 26, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    This is just the first match after a gap of 18 months! Hold On Guys'! He is Sreesanth. Will be back in his elements soon. :-)

  • sunderdos on November 26, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    Excellant article. All credit to Srikanth and co for putting the trust in a bowler who always was a quality bowler. Mr. Hayden must be eating his words now. I lost all respect for Hayden after that comment since it was just personal enimity which was in the forefront rather than the merit and his cricket judgement. Sunderdos

  • brlara on November 26, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    For the first time we all could see Sreesanth's mouth was not under his nose rather it was in the ball he delivered today. It spoke a lot with the batsman. Too good. India certainly don't want to loose an extremely talented Sreesanth just because of his immatured behaviour. Keep going Sreesanth. good luck

  • shiva_slogsout on November 26, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    Let's not read too much into Sreesanth after just one performance Today. Let's wait for more! Taking no credit away from him though he had a couple of inside edges in that and basically should say it was HIS day. But he has got a big heart, that should be appreciated. So, as said earlier, let's wait and watch how consistent he is with the Ball and on-field Basics!

  • raveekoomar on November 26, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    Glad to know that hes grew from a man into a gentleman. Lets hope he maintains the consistent 90 miles per hour speeds and that swing which murali faced today, the perfect yorker( was missing since waqar younis messmerised us in the early 90's with such top speed), was one from the top drawer. Lets do hope that Sreesanth does control his adrenaline rush of going to the batsman and keep the calm as he did today and give India many more 4 wickets plus an innings on placid sub continental tracks and many more outside subcontinent. God bless Santhakumaran Sreesanth. Hope he takes his first ten wicket haul in this test tommorrow.

  • ivanjoseph on November 26, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    Welcome back Sree - it was good to see an Indian quick running in hard and getting help even from the Kanpur track. May you have a long and successful career. Also kudos to the selectors for picking a person based on talent - when you remove all the noise, the one thing that you should always back is talent and Sreesanth is probably the most talented Indian quick right now

  • Notout_Naveen on November 26, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    Ability can take u to the top but it is the charatcter which keeps u there.. Sreesanth has just did a fantastic comeback to international cricket but he must remember that he should not just be consistent with his line and length & performance but also with his character and mannerism..

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  • Notout_Naveen on November 26, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    Ability can take u to the top but it is the charatcter which keeps u there.. Sreesanth has just did a fantastic comeback to international cricket but he must remember that he should not just be consistent with his line and length & performance but also with his character and mannerism..

  • ivanjoseph on November 26, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    Welcome back Sree - it was good to see an Indian quick running in hard and getting help even from the Kanpur track. May you have a long and successful career. Also kudos to the selectors for picking a person based on talent - when you remove all the noise, the one thing that you should always back is talent and Sreesanth is probably the most talented Indian quick right now

  • raveekoomar on November 26, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    Glad to know that hes grew from a man into a gentleman. Lets hope he maintains the consistent 90 miles per hour speeds and that swing which murali faced today, the perfect yorker( was missing since waqar younis messmerised us in the early 90's with such top speed), was one from the top drawer. Lets do hope that Sreesanth does control his adrenaline rush of going to the batsman and keep the calm as he did today and give India many more 4 wickets plus an innings on placid sub continental tracks and many more outside subcontinent. God bless Santhakumaran Sreesanth. Hope he takes his first ten wicket haul in this test tommorrow.

  • shiva_slogsout on November 26, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    Let's not read too much into Sreesanth after just one performance Today. Let's wait for more! Taking no credit away from him though he had a couple of inside edges in that and basically should say it was HIS day. But he has got a big heart, that should be appreciated. So, as said earlier, let's wait and watch how consistent he is with the Ball and on-field Basics!

  • brlara on November 26, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    For the first time we all could see Sreesanth's mouth was not under his nose rather it was in the ball he delivered today. It spoke a lot with the batsman. Too good. India certainly don't want to loose an extremely talented Sreesanth just because of his immatured behaviour. Keep going Sreesanth. good luck

  • sunderdos on November 26, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    Excellant article. All credit to Srikanth and co for putting the trust in a bowler who always was a quality bowler. Mr. Hayden must be eating his words now. I lost all respect for Hayden after that comment since it was just personal enimity which was in the forefront rather than the merit and his cricket judgement. Sunderdos

  • Prakash_Jha on November 26, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    This is just the first match after a gap of 18 months! Hold On Guys'! He is Sreesanth. Will be back in his elements soon. :-)

  • amitgupt2k on November 26, 2009, 16:46 GMT

    Sreesanth is a fine bowler and today he could be see hugging Bhajji time and again. I am surprised by the fast bowling resources of India in comarison to other countries. Hopefully Sreesanth can tae one spot and Zaheer remains fit fr the other. Ishaant is again overhyped and still needs to grind his way into the team

  • IPL_is_Thrash on November 26, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    It was terrific to see Sreesanth on top in spinner friendly conditions, where no other fast bowler comes close. I hope he will let the ball do all talking than his tongue. He is fast bowler who will bowl a lot in conditions not suited for fast bowler and IPL too will cause him lot of injury concerns. He should be handled carefully by Team Management and Board. But they are too concerned about IPL!!

  • Dr.AlexKuruvila on November 26, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Well done Sree, your talents were never in question but in Green Park you have proved that you can also be the perfect gentleman while being vicious with the ball. I firmly believe that India has now found the perfect playing 11 while preparing for the World Cup in just over an year's time. India whose main strength is in its batting should try to win the World Cup by making scores that are unsurpassable by the opposition. With this factor in contention, here is my World Cup playing 11...Srikant and the rest of the selectors, are you listening? The Indian Team (the playing eleven) for World Cup 2011 Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & wicket keeper), Harbachan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S. Sreesanth and Pragyan Ojha. Try beating this team!!! GO INDIA! Alex Kuruvila, Riverside, California